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A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor (Ashmore) schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun (Sevigny) makes a personal sacrifice for the... See more »

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Mabel Adams ...
Nahmnru, the African Grandmother
Asckt ...
Tea Picker
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Denys, the Porn Actor
Caroline Aspirot ...
Stripper
Nontombi Bovana ...
Grandchild
Rob Burns ...
Broker
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Olive Cowie, the Porn Actor's Mother
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Soldier Xuan
Tanabadee Chokpikultong ...
Tong Sam, the Rice Farmer
Yotaka Cheukaew ...
Qi, the Rice Farmer's Daughter (as Yotaka Chorkreaw)
Eric Codana ...
Abakeweta
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Clara the Novice's Mother (scenesDeleted)
Kathryn Costello ...
Tourist
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Depanneur Manager
Douglas Cwaba ...
Hermit
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Canadian Health Care Worker
Wentahawi Elijah ...
Native Porn Actress (as Wentahawi Dionne-Elijah)
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Hilde the Missionary Nun
Noloyiso Dusubana ...
Newborn Baby
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Winker at Support Group
Thierry Fargeau ...
Porn Cinematographer
Jessie Gabe ...
Waitress at Diner
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Waitress Who Serves the Porn Actor
Isabelle Guérard ...
Goth Girl (scenesDeleted)
Aliswa Guili ...
Zhara the Eldest Granddaughter
Philisande Guili ...
Grandchild
Noma-Oleji Guili ...
Grandchild
Thantokazi Guili ...
Klipikwela, Raped Grandchild
Roz Grewar ...
Pool Table Slut (scenesDeleted)
Mbutuma Gubo ...
Traditional Surgeon
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Rapist
Alwyn van den Heever ...
Isaac the Missionary
John Ho ...
Tour Bus Guide
Bryan Hofbauer ...
TJ the Missionary
Christine Jacobson ...
Tourist
Karen Jacobson ...
Tourist
Christine Jacobsen ...
Tourist
Clinton Jolobe ...
Rapist
Lewis Kollar ...
Missionary
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Porn Director (as Roc Lafortune)
Veronique LaPointe ...
Stripper (as Veronique Lapointe)
Pierre Leblanc ...
Eggs Benny Guy (as Pierre LeBlanc)
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Tong Xiu, the Rice Farmer's Wife
Kaew Lipiwongwatanakiu ...
Doctor
Cecilia Che Liu ...
Hospital Receptionist (as Cecilia Cho Liu)
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Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler
S.S. Liwdani ...
Policing
Doug Maclean ...
Erotic Boom Operator (as Doug MacLean)
Linda Madaza ...
Policing
Curtis Maninjwa ...
Hallyday's Driver
Pearl Matott ...
Matron
Lawrence Maxongo ...
Angry Father
Nkuleko Mauimbeni ...
Abakeweta
Tembaukosi Mbadu ...
Sivuyile, Who Is Baptised in the River
Anele Mbangata ...
Abakeweta
Siv Mbelu ...
Bongile
Gregoriane Minot Payeur ...
Spunky Chin (as Grégoriane Minot)
William Mtakati ...
Father Dahmnu
Kolekile Ngilana ...
Abakeweta
Lolly Ngxola ...
Huku's Bride
Velephi Njiva ...
Patient
Nomgavoa Nomachule ...
Hallyday's Domestic
Nancy Nomankantsu ...
Mounhera, the Pregnant African Woman
Dotor Ntlangenisela ...
Iggirha
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Mary the Nun
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Herold, the Porn Actor's Father
Suwimon Petcharayutporn ...
National Representative (as Suwimon Petcharayayutporn)
Koson Peungsiri ...
Houng, the Rice Farmer's Neighbour
Gog Prisatien ...
Man Who Sells Bike
Judith A. Richard ...
Stripper (as Judith Richard)
Ian Roberts ...
Hallyday, the Plantation Owner
Richard Robitaille ...
Insurer
Witchai Saeli ...
Guard
Supanat Sasipongpana ...
Harry, the Blood Smuggler's Son
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Clara the Novice
Orlando Sebeni ...
Undilewe, the Grandson
Anele Solwandle ...
Huku
Linda Smith ...
Lonely Housewife
Ian Sternthal ...
Bug Chaser
Suthep Tangtaweesukho ...
Herbalist
Chaiyaporn Torphorn ...
The I.V. Man (as Chaiyaporn Torpon)
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Firefighter
Madodandile Tsheleni ...
Abakeweta
Akarin Tungboriboonkit ...
Provincial Representative
Aroon Wanatsabadeewong ...
Zao Hao, the Blood Collector
Glen Dudley Watt ...
Missionary
Peerawat Yanoo ...
Lab Tech
Micheline Beaulieu
Gilles Bernard
Jocelyne Bienvenue
Chantal Boivin
Marcel Bréard
Jean Campos
Francis Ciara
Maxine Croteau
Phillippe Darren
Serge Dauphin
Mary Dbl
Andrew Dent
Normand Depelteau
David Johnston
Karl Lebak
Karleen Lebak
Pierre Masson
Katia Minarikova
Tommy Pépin
Dave Picard
Dominique Rankin
Daniel Riccio
Francine Trudel
Sébastien Valade
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Amos (uncredited)

Directed by

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Thom Fitzgerald

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Thom Fitzgerald ... ()

Produced by

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Mark Bennett ... associate producer
Thom Fitzgerald ... producer
Robert A. Flutie ... consulting producer
Michael Gleissner ... executive producer
Bryan Hofbauer ... producer
Brad Horvath ... associate producer
Vicki McCarty ... consulting producer

Music by

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Christophe Beck
Trevor Morris

Cinematography by

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Tom Harting ... director of photography (as Thomas M. Harting)

Film Editing by

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Susan Shanks

Editorial Department

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Rob Tough ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mark Bennett

Production Design by

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Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat

Art Direction by

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Janni Van Staden

Set Decoration by

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Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat

Costume Design by

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James A. Worthen

Makeup Department

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Maria Hofmeyr ... makeup artist (as Maria Hofmeyer)

Production Management

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Marc Almon ... production supervisor
Pierre Laberge ... production manager
Matthew Lubetich ... executive in charge of production
Laurette Marais ... unit production manager
Mutita Na Songkla ... production manager

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Marielou Bélisle-Pierre ... second assistant director
Sompot Chidgasornpongse ... second assistant director
Amanda Law ... second assistant director
Jason Shipley ... first assistant director
Alwyn van den Heever ... assistant director

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Laura MacNutt ... set decorator: Halifax
Andy Miller ... property master
Victor R. Sypersek ... art director: Halifax
Warakarn Waruttamangkoon ... property master

Sound Department

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Scott Donald ... adr editor
Philippe Espantoso ... re-recording mixer
David Gertsman ... sound effects editor
Steven Gurman ... sound
David Ho ... adr mixer
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr ... production sound (as Akrit Chaya-ngam)
Francois Maurice ... dialogue editor / sound editor
Christopher Mitchell ... re-recording mixer
Max Tersch ... sound utility
Sirapob Tungkasaeranee ... boom operator
Narathip Tungkaseranee ... boom operator
Frank Verderosa ... adr recordist / sound recording engineer

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Stevie Ramone ... digital compositor
Robin Trickett ... visual effects coordinator
Mark Tureski ... film scanning and recording

Camera and Electrical Department

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Thierry Fargeau ... assistant camera
Becky Parsons ... additional cinematography
Jason Ball ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju ... casting: Thailand

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Maria Hofmeyr ... wardrobe (as Maria Hofmeyer)
Victoria Rockwell ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Mélanie Côté ... location manager
Sudkamol Tangtham ... location manager: Thailand
Apiradee 'Joy' Thongprachan ... location assistant

Music Department

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Scott Brion ... music supervisor
Todd Haberman ... composer: additional music
Christopher Mitchell ... composer: additional music / music editor / music producer / musician
Nathan Wiley ... soundtrack

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Tongsuk Apiruksub ... production accoutant: Thai
Tarryn Greybè ... pre-production coordinator
Jim Hoffman ... production executive
Peter Knegt ... producers office assistant
James Milligan ... production accountant
David Roberson ... publicist
Scottpatrick J. Sellitto ... international director marketing and publicity

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Harley Bauer ... special thanks
Chris Roland ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

Sister Hilde narrates three separates stories, each directly concerning the AIDS crisis. From a Montréal based order, Sister Hilde, Sister Mary and Clara, a novice, have just arrived in Africa to work as nurses in a plantation's medical center. They learn that legend there has it that having sex with a virgin will transfer infection out from oneself. Because of this legend, an infant girl is raped. Clara, who also learns the main cause of the virus' spread within the plantation, does whatever she can to ensure that Hallyday, the plantation owner, flexes his economic power to right the wrongs on the plantation. Back in Montréal, a porn actor named Denys has been cheating on his mandatory monthly HIV tests, using his father's blood to pass as his own. As he believes he has been exposed to the virus, the negative results will allow him to continue working. When he is caught, his mother, Olive, learns the hard way of her son's true HIV status and his occupation, and devises a strategy for his well being. Denys also learns the consequences of his actions. And in China, pregnant Jin Ping works in the black market trade of blood. She buys the blood of the majority of adults in one village, but only of those who qualify. After her visit, those who sold their blood begin to get sick. Tong Sam, a rice farmer who was ill the day of the blood sale and thus could not give, has to figure out why all those around him are getting sick and dying, including members of his own family. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Where Despair Prevails, Hope Lives. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Trois destins (Canada, French title)
  • Three Needles (United States)
  • 3 agujas (Spain)
  • Три иглы (Russia)
  • Los caminos de la vida (Argentina)
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  • 127 min
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Budget CAD3,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia A local family was paid to move out of their homestead for a week in order to shoot the monastery scenes. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Midnight Movie (2008). See more »
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